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Legislative Report June 13, 2024
Prepared by: Bridget Peach
Bill Information
SCH CD-NEW ARRIVAL GRANT
(REP. FRED CRESPO)

Amends the School Code. Provides that the State Board of Education shall implement and administer a program to make New Arrival Student Grants available to school districts to support the needs of students who are newly arriving immigrant students, regardless of immigration status. Provides that to receive a grant under this program, a school district shall submit an application to the State Board of Education at such time, in such manner, and containing or accompanied by such information as the State Board of Education may reasonably require. Provides that in awarding funds under this program, the State Board of Education may consider (i) the number of new arrival students enrolled in preschool, elementary school, and secondary school within the school district, (ii) the needs of new arrival students in the school district, and (iii) the ability of the school district to meet the needs of new arrival students. Effective July 1, 2023.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/31/2024 - House Committee Amendment No. 1 Rule 19(c) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

$ISBE-NEW ARRIVAL GRANT
(REP. FRED CRESPO)

Appropriates $35,000,000 from the General Revenue Fund to the State Board of Education for the New Arrival Student Grant Program. Effective July 1, 2023.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/14/2024 - House Appropriations-Elementary & Secondary Education

SCH CD-EMPLOYE TRAUMA TRAINING
(REP. MICHELLE MUSSMAN; SEN. RAM VILLIVALAM)

Amends the School Code. Makes stylistic changes in provisions concerning institutes or inservice training workshops. In provisions concerning inservice training programs, removes the requirement that the training regarding health conditions of students include the chronic health conditions of students and provides that school district employees who are trained to respond to trauma under the provisions shall be immune from civil liability in the use of a trauma kit unless the action constitutes willful or wanton misconduct. Provides that training regarding the implementation of trauma-informed practices under the provisions concerning institutes or inservice training workshops satisfies the requirements under the provisions concerning inservice training programs. Removes certain provisions that require a school board to conduct inservice training for all school district employees on the methods to respond to trauma. Makes technical changes having a revisory function. Effective January 1, 2025.

  CURRENT STATUS

6/13/2024 - Sent to Governor for Signature

ELEC CD-SCHOOL POLLING PLACE
(REP. MAURA HIRSCHAUER)

Amends the Election Code. Provides that the county board or board of election commissioners may use public school buildings as polling places only if a school board or a local school council approves the use of that school. Provides that, if the county board or board of election commissioners uses all convenient and available public buildings and determines that a public school building is needed as a polling place, it shall send a written request to use the public school building to the school board or local school council. Sets forth provisions concerning the contents of the request and the response to the request. Amends the School Code. Provides that each school board or local school council shall have the power to approve or deny, in accordance with the school board or local school council's rules and policies, any request of a county board or board of election commissioners to use a school building as a polling place. Makes corresponding changes. Effective immediately.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/5/2024 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SCH CD-STATE ASSESSMENTS
(REP. FRED CRESPO)

Amends the State Board of Education Article of the School Code. In provisions concerning State goals and assessments, provides that students who have been enrolled in schools in the United States for less than 12 months may not be required to participate in the State assessments.

  CURRENT STATUS

4/5/2024 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee

SCH CD-EMPLOYE TRAUMA TRAINING
(SEN. RAM VILLIVALAM)

Amends the School Code. Makes stylistic changes in provisions concerning institutes or inservice training workshops. In provisions concerning inservice training programs, removes the requirement that the training regarding health conditions of students include the chronic health conditions of students and provides that school district employees who are trained to respond to trauma under the provisions shall be immune from civil liability in the use of a trauma kit unless the action constitutes willful or wanton misconduct. Provides that training regarding the implementation of trauma-informed practices under the provisions concerning institutes or inservice training workshops satisfies the requirements under the provisions concerning inservice training programs. Removes certain provisions that require a school board to conduct inservice training for all school district employees on the methods to respond to trauma. Makes technical changes having a revisory function. Effective January 1, 2025.

  CURRENT STATUS

3/15/2024 - Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

ELEC CD-SCHOOL POLLING PLACE
(SEN. RAM VILLIVALAM)

Amends the Election Code. Provides that the county board or board of election commissioners may use public school buildings as polling places only if a school board or a local school council approves the use of that school. Provides that, if the county board or board of election commissioners uses all convenient and available public buildings and determines that a public school building is needed as a polling place, it shall send a written request to use the public school building to the school board or local school council. Sets forth provisions concerning the contents of the request and the response to the request. Amends the School Code. Provides that each school board or local school council shall have the power to approve or deny, in accordance with the school board or local school council's rules and policies, any request of a county board or board of election commissioners to use a school building as a polling place. Makes corresponding changes. Effective immediately.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/25/2024 - Rule 2-10 Committee/3rd Reading Deadline Established As May 26, 2024

SCH CD-SPECIAL ED-SEPARATE SCH
(SEN. MEG LOUGHRAN CAPPEL; REP. MICHELLE MUSSMAN)

Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Provides that the term "special educational facilities and services" includes private special schools (instead of special schools) and separate public special education day schools. Provides that if a child has been placed in a separate public special education day school, a school district making tuition payments in excess of $4,500 shall be responsible for an amount in excess of $4,500 equal to 2 times the district's per capita tuition charge and shall be eligible for reimbursement from the State for the amount of such payments actually made in excess of 2 times the district's per capita tuition charge for students not receiving special education services. Requires a certification and finding to be made for reimbursement of a school district of the amount paid for tuition of a child attending a public special education facility.

Senate Floor Amendment No. 1 - Provides that the Illinois Purchased Care Review Board shall include additional, non-voting members. Provides that the Illinois Purchased Care Review Board shall establish rules and regulations for its determination of allowable costs and payments made by school districts for services provided by separate public special education day schools. Provides that the Illinois Purchased Care Review Board shall review the costs for special education and related services provided by separate public special education day schools. Provides that provisions concerning tuition payments and reimbursement apply to a private special education school, separate public special education day school, or private special education facility (instead of a separate public special education day school). Provides for State Board of Education rulemaking. Adds a July 1, 2024 effective date.

  CURRENT STATUS

5/23/2024 - Passed Both Houses